Charlie Gullström, PhD, Architect SAR/MSA, is a University Lecturer at the department of Architecture (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm), where she combines teaching with research and heads the research group KTH Smart Spaces: Architecture and Interactive Media. Her design-driven research and practice over twenty years address the fusion of architecture, interaction design and media technology, facilitated by new information and communication technology. Her particular interest concerns the contribution from architects to a highly-mediated society, given that new digital tools have thoroughly changed the way humans interact and communicate and thus may trigger more sustainable patterns of behaviour: the design of responsive environments can provide live feedback to users (sustainable design). Gullström initiated the VINNOVA Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Communications at KTH and served as its Centre Director 2005-2007. She is currently research leader for a 3-year EU-project (www.compeit.eu) which develops web-based services for highly interactive shared media experiences.
Joke Kort has a degree in cognitive psychology and social informatics from the State University of Groningen and a Master in Technological Design from the Stan Ackermans Institute, Eindhoven University of Technology. She works for TNO on multidisciplinary client and research projects in different domains such as education, healthcare, telecommunications, work environments, public services and domestic applications. Her work focuses on user experience in these domains, what value technology offers to its users, and its effects on behaviour on a personal as well as societal level. She held a 6 months postdoc position at the Delft University of Technology, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science and is a guest researcher at this university in the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. Currently she holds a part time position as senior invited researcher at KTH in the department of Architecture.